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unattractive, the obama administration needs to see if there is a path through which it can pressure iran to make a deal. in a thoughtful essay in the current issue of "foreign affairs" the columbia scholar jurvis points out that this kind of coercive diplomacy, at least from washington, has rarely worked. he points out in panama, 1989, iraq, 1990, serbia, 1998, afghanistan, 2001 and iraq, 2003, washington tried sanctions pressure and the threat of force to get leaders to change course, it didn't work. and washington had to make good on its threat to go to war. with north korea, coercive diplomacy also failed, but in this case, washington decided against military action choosing, instead, to contain the regime. making coercive diplomacy requires a mix of threats and promises. with regard to iran, the administration has made the threats plenty of times. with clarity and credibility. but while the sticks have been handled shrewdly, the carrots have not. the united states is unable to define for itself or for the world what would be an acceptable deal and, most importantly, what it is willin
and deficit. karen travers has more. >> new year, a new cabinet. the obama administration shuffle continues. today president obama will nominate jack lew for treasury secretary. currently the chief of staff steps into the job at a very critical time. his experience as an administration insider and budget grew will be quickly put to the test. -- budget guru will quickly be put to the test. lawmakers me to address the automatic spending cuts they put off in order toch a last- minute fiscal cliff deal. lew may be getting a lot of attention for this his signature that will soon be put on newly-printed money. >> are you working on his signature? >> not that i am aware of. >> this is also drawing criticism. for the first time in years, all the cabinet positions will be held by men. john brennan at the cia and john kerry secretary of state. "the new york times" published this photograph yesterday. only men are visible. the white house fired back. >> women serve a key position and policy here as they do in the administration. overall 43% of his appointees have been women, including two high-profile
because we have some confidence that the obama administration, if it comes to it, we'll do it. if it's necessary. a lot of the people who supported president obama said, "mark my words. he is a man of his word, he does this quite seriously." then he turns around and appoints perhaps the most prominent skeptic of any kind of military intervention in iran as his defense secretary. if you're sitting in israel, you're wondering just how reliable is the united states and maybe we should go it alone. so, for that reason alone, simply the appointment of chuck hagel is going to make the israelis more skiddish and perhaps more prone to act. >> here's the irony. who said that military action against iran could prove catastrophic? that was robert gates. our former defense secretary. who said that it could embroil us in a conflict that we can forget? that was leon panetta. it was true, bret, i think you are right that we need the military option on the table as hagel has repeatedly said. that does not mean we can't have a public conversation in this country about the tremendous dangers that war
this says the second term of the obama administration when it comes to dealing with iran will look very much like the first. the difference is iranians have that much more enriched-uranium and they're that much closer to acquiring a nuclear weapon. this is critical choice other allies around the world will be looking at. jon: we didn't even get to john brennan but we'll leave it there. bret stevens from the "wall street journal". >> good to be here. jon: thank you. jenna: turning to the growing debate over gun control in the wake of the connecticut school shooting. the white house now reportedly considering a slew of new measures including reinstituting a assault weapons ban, background checks and a database that could track gun sales nationwide as lawmakers from both sides of the issue dig in on both sides. >> we need a comprehensive approach and look at all the different elements. because a particular effort won't prevent something in one particular incident doesn't mean you might not do anything to help in other incidents. >> you remember, bad guys aren't stupid. they are just bad. if the
washington. he plans to ask the obama administration to provide the afghan military with advanced high-tech weapons. >>> u.s. vice president joe biden says the white house is determined to act quickly and decisively to stop gun violence. biden heads a task force set up by barack obama after last month's mass shooting at a connecticut elementary school. >> as the president said, if our actions result in only saving one life, they are worth taking. but i'm convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of americans and take thousands of people out of harm's way if we act responsibly. >> biden met with victims of gun violence and gun control advocates at the white house on wednesday. he emphasized that he would work with both sides of the debate to build a consensus on precisely which firearms restrictions are necessary. he said gun violence is a problem that requires immediate action. with americans starkly divided on the issue, biden is also scheduled to meet with pro-gun groups including the national rifle association on thursday. >>> people in south korea took part in a nationwide
. the obama administration has often stepped in. directly funding the organization itself, o threatening to withhold federal funding unless they refund the decision. >> every time we defund on state level the president steps in and says over my dead body. >> there is a legal battle in texas where the state demanded none of the funding go to planted parenthood and that would leave poor women without healthcare. monday, the human services commission announced it locked in more than enough doctors for the people depended on the planned parenthood for checkups. >> bret: thank you. survivor of the tucson shooting ram page is taking on the gun lobby. gabrielle giffords seds she and astronaut husband mark kelly will raise mup for gun control efforts. giffords was shot in the had in a constituent meeting two years ago. sick people were killed. high-ranking nra official will attend a meeting of vice president biden gun task force this week. president obama asked biden's group to provide recommendations on how to avoid mass shootings like the one that left 20 chirp dead last month in newtown, conn
administration has stepped up the use of drones overseas to target suspected terrorists. president obama's nomination of john brennan to be the next cia director suggests that trend is likely to continue. brennan, a strong proponent of drones as the president's chief counterterrorism advisor. for more on how the u.s. drone program works let's get to chief washington correspondent james rosen. he is live for us at the state department. james? >> reporter: jon, good morning. this program presents a consistent headache for the diplomats in this building and who must frequently contend with complaints from afghan and pakistani officials who say these drones all too often wind up killing innocent civilians instead of terrorists the drone program is one of the national security initiatives that president obama inherited from the bush administration and one which the current commander-in-chief has dramatically expanded. for all his criticism of president bush during the 2008 campaign over his conduct of the war on terror president obama has largely kept in place if not enhanced the architecture
right and say obama is the worst ever. the obama administration. john: he has rejected more freedom of information act requests than bush. >> also posecuted more whistle-blowers including as by simply because they blew the whistle onsoftware boondoggles and someone. obama is the worst threat comes to transparency ever. we know from their behavior is their hiding things that desperately don't want us to seek. now, -- john: maybe you're a busy body, the political enemy in the dow at you'd have this stuff. i don't blame them. >> i'm paying for the microphone. i didn't ask whether they wanted me to see it these in my records unless the burden is on them and they can provide can't. what they're doing is telling us things that aren't true, finding it increasingly according to their e-mails. john: the e-mails told us about solyndra and the people who gave money who were getting it back. >> you wanted it, needed it, they don't want us to see what's going on until a carbon tax is enacted, for example. john: the apartment of justice was running an activist website, real climate. were all goin
the obama administration is coming for their guns? cnn national political correspondent jim acosta has been looking into that. and this is something that has spanned the obama administration. you hear from so many gun owners who say, he's going to take our guns away. he says no. >> we've been hearing this for year, joe. you've been to these gun stores, i've been to these gun stores. the president addressed this fear today in his news conference and he accused the gun industry of trying to exploit it. take a look inside any firearms shop these days and it's clear nothing sells guns like the fear of gun control. >> every time the president or senator feinstein comes out and talks about restricting second amendment rights of u.s. citizens, the phone rings off the hooshk, the line goes out t door. gun sales skyrocket. >> reporter: just outside the nation's capital in virginia, the ar-15 assault-style rifle is not the only item hard to keep in stock. high capacity magazines are selling fast too. the store's website warns customers last chance, due to uncertainty of obama's potential unilateral a
over this in federal court. i won in september and the obama administration appealed. what was facinating is to they went to judge katherine forest after she gave her technician if her 112-page opinion which is really a brilliant kind of dissection of the destruction of the separation of powers and is worth reading, asked for an emergency stay meaning they wanted the law put back into effect physical the appellate court would hear the case. some he refused. they demanded an emergency hearing with the appellate court at 9:00 a.m. if the morning the next monday for an emergency hearing and an emergency stay which they got. the only reason that i and the lawyers can make out is that the obama administration reacted so aggressively is because they're already using it, probably on pakistani u.s. dowel nationals. the inability to curb wall street, a close examination of the obama health care bill which was written by corporate lobbyists, in particular ms. fowler who has gone back into n. the inability to the industry. the inability to deal with the most important crisis that is c
over. the obama administration floated the idea of removing american troops all together. president karzai met with secretary of state clinton last night over dinner. and joe biden plans to deliver recommendations from the gun control task force to the president on tuesday. yesterday, the vice president met with representatives on various sides of the issue. the former head of a movie industry group argued movies aren't behind the violence. the nra step ahead way from discussions and said they were in attack of second amendment. dan lothian has been following developments for us this morning. sol folks said they see some consensus in some areas. when you listen to what the nra said, they sounded very disappointed with the meetings. >> that's right. we sort of expect thad coming in. it wasn't a very big, bold expectation from the nra, saying they were coming to simply listen to what the administration had to put out there. the vice president did talk about some things floating to the top. not recommendations that come from him, but recommendations he said coming from all the various
. this, as the obama administration plans its final exit strategy from the decade-long conflict. the pentagon does not support the option, though, to pull out all american troops from afghanistan, saying some soldiers need to stay and tamp down al qaeda. new images this morning of american robert levinson kidnapped in iran in 2007 during a business trip. the photos were sent to the former fbi agent's family back in 2011. they released them on tuesday. in them, he is dressed like a prisoner at guantanamo bay. iranian officials have denied knowing anything about levinson's disappearance, a claim that u.s. officials doubt. >>> a nightmare for boeing amid safety woes for the company's much anticipated dreamliner. nbc's ron mott has more from logan international airport in boston. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. double trouble for japan airlines and boeing over the past 48 hours here at logan as both companies investigate exactly what went wrong. two days in a row at boston's logan airport, a japan airline's jet has landed in the news. on tuesday, a new 787 full of pa
in the obama administration. he has the president's absolute trust. he is a very talented cia -- host: what you think the impact has been on the cia? guest: david petraeus is a genuine american hero. i do not condone what he did. the president had the right to accept his resignation. having anyone leave abruptly causes dislocation in an institution. he stepped into the shoes of the director and i think manage things very well. a lot of the policies started by david petraeus will be continued. one is to take a look at women in the cia. there was a committee that david petraeus started and it was under way when he resigned. host: that brings up a headline in "the washington post." guest: as i said numerous times, security is a women's issue. we are lionesses. we are well qualified to sit and any policy table anywhere. many women are. nobody missed the groundswell for the secretary of defense. there are lots of qualified women. four women head the 16 intelligence agencies now. there has never been a woman as head of the cia. i do not see a barrier that a woman cannot meet or overcome. host: your n
've seen in the first term. in fact, many would say that the obama administration's foreign policy have been one of its most successful areas. he was long fit for this post, kerry, that is. >> you have set this up on raising the debt ceiling, wider agreement over getting any kind of grand bargain. where do we now go? he has his new team. >> not yet. they need to be confirmed. >> they need to be confirmed, obviously, but as we head towards a debt ceiling which has to be raised by the middle of february, effectively. >> there are quite a few new seens to do with the budget, continuing resolutions, sequestration only postponed. all of this is exactly what we expected at year-end. so the fiscal cliff was so 2012, 2013 is all about the budget. more or less, you've got the same actors in place making the decisions in congress and in the white house. jack lew is himself a washington insider. he's well known to congress and he's there to shepherd the process along. he's not got the wall street experience that a lot of people on the street might be hoping for. but he really knows how to move the
background checks. >>> and the debt ceiling debate is heating up, as well, with the obama administration insisting it won't negotiate with republicans on raising the ceiling. the white house says congress can either pay its bills or it can put the nation into default. reports suggest the government can run out of action to pay those bills as early as mid february. >>> and the creators of south park are setting up their own production studio. they've secured $2 million to set up a company called important stud wrote. the new studio will incorporate revenue from south park and the hit broadway play "the book of mormons." >>> and the ftse 100 closed up with a fresh 4 1/2 low on friday. we had a pupil by another market. but today, the xetra dax, cac 40 and the ibex, as well. shaking off that production data. take a look at what's on today's agenda in the u.s. fed chief ben bernanke will be speaking at the university of michigan later on. he'll discuss monetary policy, recovery from the financial crisis and is long-term challenges facing the u.s. economy. bernanke's xhnts will set the tone fo
by the united states congress, the strong leadership of the obama administration. we were able to use the tools and save this individual from losing her home. there are many other stories like that. we have got to personalize this. to me, the key to preserving homeownership in the country, the key to financial success, and i hope a major objective of the consumer financial protection bureau is to provide financial literacy. let people understand what is out there. let them understand their own capacity and the options that are out there. financial literacy is critically important, and that access to products and services that are fair, affordable, and understandable. if we can take those steps, we can help empower people to not only known at home or to make the right financial decisions but to help build our economy, so i just urge you to be bold. when congress passed dodd-frank, when congress passed the establishment of this bureau, we wanted you to be bold, because we do not want to see what we saw in the last five years again. we want you to be bold and preventing the abuse of financial prod
. >> reporter: jeff duncan sharply challenged the obama administration saying the founding fathers never envisioned executive orders being used to restrict our constitutional rights. we live in a republic, not dictatorship. since last month's newtown massacre, president obama has called for reinstating an assault weapons ban and limiting high capacity magazines. in new york, democratic governor andrew cuomo was fired up, demanding a strict new crackdown on guns. >> no one hunts with an assault rifle. no one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer and too many innocent people have died already. and the m end the madness now. >> reporter: gun safety isn't the only issue at the president's agenda now. and the vice president will be meeting with members of the nra. at the white house, the president will be introducing his nominee to be the next treasury secretary, jack lew, presently the president's chief of staff. you see him on your screen, formerly the president's budget director replacing out-going secretary timothy geithner and another position has to be filled, the position being vacated by th
only happen with the needed change in this administration's chief economic policies. president obama has gotten his tax increases and now it's time for him and mr. lew, if confirmed, to focus on the need to cut spending. the other side of the president's so-called balanced approach to the debt reduction. we did have the nomination live on c-span. you can see it on the web site, c-span.org. this week >>> i think that collectivization of the minds of america's founding fathers is particularly dangerous because as i say so often in the book, they were not a collective unit, and presenting them as such intends to dramatically oversimplified the politics of the founding generation. and then as it comes to be used as a big battering ram to beat people over the heads with and they are incoherent and found. >> back to new york city now to hear from the world and 2013 festival hosted by the economist magazine. for ourin me discussion about capitalism in the world in 2013. beingom >> the director of the "economist," and jackson initiative on exclusive capitalism. that's where we are going to s
the obama administration of attacking the second amendment. second >> they made it very clear thate the president's position on pr firearms and on the so firearms and the so-called assault weapons ban and the like had been the same position that he's t he has taken for many years and that they're going to stick with ng to that. stick with >> reporter: sharp words came after the vice president earlier in the day previewed his presi earlier in the day previewed his upcoming report. upcoming repo >> there's an emerging set of tg recommendations. set of i'm going to focus on the ones that relate that relate primarily to gun ownership, what type of weapons ownership, the type of can be owned.ns that can be owned, and one is there is a a there is a surprising -- so far, a surprio surprising recurrence of surprf suggestions that we have suggese universal background checks. >> reporter: meanwhile the ckgr. president is coming under the president is scrutiny this week after naming scrutiny this week after naming jack jack lew as treasury secretary, the fourth white male mr. obama. the
the obama administration's done a good job with the rebalancing on most of the aspects to it. they've done a lot of little things, and they tie them together with some good rhetoric and diplomacy. but the individual pieces of rebalancing are actually quite modest. and i'm glad for that, because i don't want to see us go towards excessive confrontation. in the sense that i think we have very strong allies in the region, we have a lot of economic b and strategic strengths that china does not have, for example, our population trajectory, for example the opennesses of our political system sw what that does to make the investment economy a haven for dollars. there are a lot of ways you can go down the list, and when you compare the two countries, you see a lot of american strengths that are enduring, and when you with mention our allies on top of that -- which dick did earlier -- there's no particular reason for us to think that we need to shrink back. but i would worry a lot about potential disputes that are unnecessary over issues like the islands. and let me give you one very concrete exampl
risks for the obama administration, for the democrats in this gunfight. >> there are a lot of political risks. if gun control was easy, they would have done it a while ago. the assault weapons ban has not been renewed for eight years, wolf. it's been sitting out there. and i think in my conversations with administration officials, what they are going to come up with and that sort of echos what jim was saying, they are going to come up with what someone describes to me as a menu of options. the menu of options will include a ban on assault weapons and also include closing the gun show loophole, limiting purchases of the high-capacity magazines. so they are going to put those options out there he a there is attention inside the democratic party. do you make a huge push on assault weapons and hurt yourself on the other list or do you kind of ease up on assault weapons and maybe go after the magazine clips, which some people believe would be more effective. don't forget, there's a lot of history here and joe biden was the person managing the 1994 crime bill, which included the ban on assaul
control legislation. gun rights advocates say that the obama administration is looking to attack the second amendment they believe. but reverend jesse jackson told me moments ago that gun owners need to compromise. here he is now from our show just a little while ago, watch. >> you want guns to hunt with and it's registered you got that. a gun to protect your house, you got that. our more likely to end up shooting a relative and suicide than a roche. but guns for your house, you got that. these semi-automatic weapons, these assault weapons can only kill people and in fact they are threats to national security. martha: eric pratt is the director of communications at gun owners of america. eric, welcome. good to that you here this morning. >> thank you, martha, thank you for having me. martha: what is your response to what reverend jackson had to say there. >> would i tell him you don't compromise with god-given rights. americans in these countries use guns at a minimum of 4,000 times a day in self-defense, and that is according to clinton justice department figures. now we have th
of you may know that the obama administration tried to start doing that, mostly in the for-profit sector, but not exclusively, and has had a lot of opposition over that. i think we will see more efforts coming in the next four years. the last thing i would say is what i said earlier, which is that for people who do not complete, knowing that this is a factor that leads to default, that we do not make that the final sentence for everybody. let's make it easier for people to transition out of default, to prevent them from getting into default in the first place. the best way to solve the problem is to help people and of succeeding. if you have better completion rates, you have your people in the problem in the first place. >> the key is getting the student who starts to the finish line. the focus on completion rates has a new ones to it. -- nuance to it. one of the easiest ways for college to have good completion rates is to deny admission to high risk students. we need to remove the obstacles that keep students from completing their education. i do not think community colleges are the sol
the messiness. help us understand the choices that the obama administration make and how you think out to deal with this. >> it's good to be here. i want to thank brookings and appreciating her with angel and michael. this whole thing reminds me of the story, i'm just a country lawyer from colorado, but the story of the guy who prayed to win the lottery ticket. he just wanted to win the lottery over and over again, and he was constantly asking the lord, would you help me? would you out of? i've lived a good life. i've never asked you for very much, and years went by come he never won the lottery. finally, he is down on his knees, help me, i need this money so badly. finally, the clouds part and a voice comes down from heaven, why don't you meet me halfway and just buy a ticket? >> guest: colorado and washington just wanted to get. about a ticket to the slaughter. now we have to figure out is this a can of lottery that will be good or bad. if you don't like lotteries, i respect some people don't like them at all, can this be a less bad lottery than it otherwise might be? think about the winners
president joe biden sits down with represents from the national rifle association. this as the obama administration looks to curb gun violence after the wake of the deadly school shooting in connecticut. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. the vice president's gun violence task force has a full day of meetings scheduled, bringing in hunters, members of gun rights groups, also members of the entertainment industry, but the day may be highlighted by the afternoon session that's going to include the nra. the white house trying to keep the gun safety debate in america's sights, today hosting the nra. one of the country's most powerful lobbying groups that's long opposed many of the very proposals the white house is now considering. >> the president and i are determined to take action. we're reaching out to all parties. >> i was one of the few survivors in the virginia tech shooting. >> colin goddard, with three bullets still in his body, is featured in the documentary "living for 32." >> people tell me that god was looking out for me that day, that's why i'm her
't appeared that the obama administration or democrats really are acknowledging that so i've heard they're going to go right back to the well because they only got $600 billion in tax increases. they want, supposedly, $1.2 is the president coming down on his initial demand of $1.6 or whatever. so we need to -- we need to come back to the well on tax increases, and double down on what we already got. without -- and i'm not hearing anything about spending cuts. >> well, first, our problem is primarily a spending problem. >> you've heard what they said, though. >> what the truth is -- but the truth is we're going to have to have more revenues than this last deal. and by the way, the truth is also, you're not going to be able to confine it to people making over $200,000 and $250,000 a year. the numbers don't work. look, here's -- >> eamon just said -- >> why is that the case? you're saying it's a spending problem. and -- >> primarily a spending problem. here's what we need to do. look at all the deals that have been done. august, 2011. this fiscal cliff deal. whatever is done from this poin
think about the view of the obama administration towards the financial sector itself, and i can remember some comments like yeah, you're entitled to a profit but you're not entitled to this huge profit. i think the view of a lot of people in the administration have towards the financial sector, where it's almost seen as not a partner in growing the economy, but almost an impediment to it. do you think we're going to have another four years where they really don't understand how important it is for the financial sector to, you know, to grease the skids for the economy overall? >> well, you know, the regulatory pendulum and attitudes all swing. when there's a crisis it tends to sbing to conservative attitudes, to restraining attitudes and that's what we've seen. we saw it in the '30s, in the late 1980s, early 1990s. but it all always tends to moderate because the financial system is so critical to the well-being of the economy that over time one really has to have a moderate approach to the industry. that will come. now, i can't say that the pendulum has swung as far as it will go. there m
house that will agree with everything that the obama administration wants, then we'll do that and we'll electric more democratic senators, the democrats can control the house, the senate and the white house and we'll give the president a rubber stamp on everything and washington will be totally fixed and we'll live in this great, great european country. so maybe it will go that way. but if it doesn't go that way and it's not washington, it's the people that send these representatives to washington who disagree with -- there's a 50/50 people split in this country of people who love entitlements because they're people on the receiving end and there's people on the other side who is funding everything. i don't know. i don't know whether it's a broken washington or we're just at a crossroads in the way the republic is governed and we have to make a decision as a country which way we head. >> right. that's definitely a lot of the ltage. there's still a lot of assets on the other side of the balance sheet of all those liabilities. you have to focus on growth. growth should be the -- you kn
live in strong and avoid unnecessary fights the obama administration has done a good job with balancing. the individual military pieces of rebalancing our action clematis. in the sense that i think we have very strong allies, for example, our population, and the openness of the political system. ec in lot of american strings that are enduring. -- you see a lot of american that are enduring. let me give you one concrete example. it is not meant to be an invitation to chinese aggression. if they do something dong -- du mb and try to plant a flg, i cannot think the dark -- the reaction is to help them take it with a new force. i am not disagreeing with some of the prudent behind this. let's let them hang by their own weight to mobilize international pressure against them as a to the form of sanctions -- in the form of sanctions. let's do it more in direct approach and not necessarily get drawn into a direct confrontation. it has been our strategy for 30 years. it is been generally working. it is getting harder because china is rising in their more powerful. i knocked the requires us to pul
months of president bush's administration and there was some ongoing assessments. when president obama assumed office with his team in january of 2009, in fact that request was tabled in front of him. and now we have a new administration who has been in the campaign rhetoric supportive of the war in afghanistan. they're faced with a larger quest for troops, faster than they might have liked to be comfortable and time to die just that. they're also hit with a financial crises when it first took over. and so the first response i think is to say well give us time to assess this. but instead, the military department of defense appropriately says we've got afghan elections approaching in the summer and if these forces are going to van impact to help widen security, they have to be approved quickly. and so you have this perceived pressure on the part feeling pressure in the whitehouse and you have department of defenses trying to do a mission as they understand they've been given in trying to have the necessary resources. i don't think there was anybody trying to do their own thing. i don't
don't think between myself and president obama. i think that there was ls trust betwn dpartment of defense, parts of it, and the new administration that i would have liked to see. i think it really went back to the very beginning from inauguration on. and i think that that trust is something that -- >> rose: from the very beginning, from the inauguration. >> yes. >> rose: what do you mean by that. >> if you go back and get context. the situation in afghanistan when i came out of iraq and came on the joint staff the summer of 2008, it was getting worse. we had elections coming in the united states and then ey had elecons fghanistan my predecessor in afghanistan general mckernen asked for some troops in 2008. it was decided not to act on that request on the last months of president bush's administration and there was some ongoing assessments. when president obama assumed office with his team in january of 2009, in fact that request was tabled in front of him. and now we have a new administration who has been in the campaign rhetoric supportive of the war in afghanistan. they're
" this morning. that notes that obama's new administration looks to be basically all male. there is a concern that women are underrepresented. how would you respond to that criticism? >> well, i would agree with that somewhat. we saw valerie on the front page. within the white house. she's the only senior woman. i have a lot of respect for her. but it would be nice to see more diversity, both in the cabinet and in the white house. so i hope this is something that they've focused on going forward. with that said, you know, you need to look at qualifications, too, and people that the president has confidence in. but i would like to see more women. perhaps in the white house, internally in the white house. >> sheila, are you joining us on a week where major banks are putting even more legacy problems behind them to some degree? varying degrees. we've seen what the stocks have done in the past year. we've seen them leading things like the dow. are you surprised or impressed by their progress? >> well, i'm relieved. i still think there are a lot of challenges ahead. the mega banks stocks continue
. but the administration has made it mostly clear it wants to get out at quickly as possible. today mr. 0many obama said 2 key goal at the end of 2014 is training and assisting afghan forces an targeted counter terrorism missions against al qaeda. u.s. afghan officials ongoing discussion about how to coordinate on that. while maintaining afghan authority. >> it's our hope that we can reach an agreement this year. >>reporter: but there are sticking points including president obama insistence on immunity deal which says that u.s. troops are not subject to afghan law. karen, abc news, washington. >> vice president biden today met with group from the video game industry wrapping up we can of conference about gun advise and safety. among the company represented today electronic arts from redwood city. many of its games have been criticized for glamorizing gun violence. mr. biden khented the newtown tragedy is a water shed home in history. >> never quite seep anything that has shocked the consciousness of the american people like 6 and 7-year-old kids relationed with bullet in a classroom in a neighborh
. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: erica, good morning to you. president obama doesn't have any events on his schedule today, but next week he will undoubtedly revisit the issue of gun safety as well as continue to fill out key posts in his administration. this after a week that ended with a focus on foreign policy. with america's longest war ongoing -- >> mr. president, welcome. >> reporter: -- president obama and afghan president hamid karzai met at the white house on friday and announced an agreement to speed up the handover of combat forces from u.s. to afghan troops, a deadline initially set for this summer, now moved to the spring. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission, training, advising, assisting afghan forces. it will be an historic moment. >> reporter: but the larger question was unanswered, how many of the remaining 66,000 american forces will stay in afghanistan after 2014? the official end of combat operations. >> i can't give you arecise number at this point. i'll probably make a separate announcement once i've gotten recommendations from troo
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